I hate paying taxes as much as anyone. However, since we (all humans) get only one shot at life, I have adopted a "spending" philosophy that goes something like this: Find what you like (food, location, car, toys, etc. etc.) and then see if you can afford it. I don't know a lot about the places OP is considering, and there has already been good advice about deciding where to settle. My advice (make that "suggestion") is to look for where you will be the happiest and then figure out a way to afford it. Most here know I moved from the "cheap" midwest to "high cost" Hawaii. We've made some sacrifices (square footage and isolation are the most obvious) but we have found the "costs" to be worth it. If the time comes that we can no longer afford Paradise, we'll look for something cheaper, but hopefully it will still be someplace we enjoy living out our days.
Personal observation about Florida: I've spent just a few days each at perhaps half a dozen locations in Florida (central Fl, Keys, Miami, Panama City, Tallahassee, Palm Island, Jacksonville. The only place in Florida I would even consider living is St. Augustine. YMMV
Ko'olau's Law -
Anything which can be used can be misused. Anything which can be misused will be.